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The Republic’s athletes of the week


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MALE

Brown County senior boys basketball player Steve Norman

(Norman scored 17 points on Friday in a 65-52 loss to Indian Creek and 37 points on Saturday in a 67-50 win against Hauser)

His performance last week:

“It was a good night on Saturday. Our other main scorer, Tony Gora, was sick, so I had to pick up the slack.”

Do you do anything special to prepare?

“I listen to music a lot. I usually stay by myself.”

Favorite drink:

“Pink lemonade”

Favorite food:

“Fried chicken”

Favorite music group:

“Wiz Khalifa, which is hip-hop, and Staind, which is rock”

Favorite book:

“’Quiet Strength’ by Tony Dungy”

Favorite class:

“Personal fitness. Every other day we either lift or play a sport. Those are my hobbies.”

Role model:

“Vince Carter (NBA star). He could do whatever he wanted, it seemed like.”

Best advice:

“The harder you work, the more successful you can be. That came from coach (Roger) Fleetwood. It took me three years to buy into it.”

Athletics goal:

“To win a sectional, and I would like to play college ball.”

If you could travel anywhere:

“Hawaii. I like the tropical weather. It seems perfect there.”

FEMALE

Columbus North sophomore swimmer Maddie Wyke

(Wyke won the 200-yard individual medley and 100 butterfly to help lead the Bull Dogs to a 128-57 win at Bloomington North)

Her performance last week:

“It was right at the end of our winter training, so I think I did pretty well for all the hard work we’ve been putting in, and I’m just excited for the upcoming competition.”

Do you do anything special to prepare?

“We have some get-togethers with the team and just a lot of hard work.”

Favorite drink:

“Chocolate milk”

Favorite food:

“Pasta salad”

Favorite music group:

“Mumford & Sons”

Favorite book:

“The Notebook”

Favorite class:

“Journalism/Log Yearbook”

Role model:

“Missy Franklin (Olympic swimming champ)

Best advice:

“Hard work pays off.”

Athletics goal:

“I want to place (at state) in the 100 fly this year, and I want to break the school record.”

If you could travel anywhere:

“Spain.”

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